Daylily

Hemerocallis 'Stafford'

Daylily - Hemerocallis  'Stafford'

Common Name: Daylily
Genus: Hemerocallis
Cultivar: 'Stafford'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.80 m (80 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red, Yellow
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Masses of scarlet lily-like flowers with yellow midribs and throats appear continuously in mid summer. This daylily looks stunning planted in drifts in a sunny mixed or herbaceous border among 'hot' colours or with cannas and montbretias as companions. The bright green strap-like leaves are semi-evergreen in mild areas and soon form large clumps of strap-like foliage that helps to suppress weeds and disguise the dying foliage of spring-flowering bulbs. Like most hemerocallis it is robust and easy to grow provided you follow the tips below. It's best to provide some protection in really sunny sites as the scarlet blooms are suspectible to sun-scorch.

  • Garden care: The Greek term 'hemerocallis' means 'beautiful for a day' and daylilies need regular deadheading to prolong flowering and prevent their unsightly deadheads from dominating the scene. Each stem carries several flowers so snap off each flower as it fades. When the stem has finished flowering cut it down to the ground. After the plant has finished flowering altogether pull out the dead leaves. When the foliage is looking tatty cut it down to the ground and fresh new growth will appear. Lift and divide every two years in spring to keep the rhizomes vigorous and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant. Water frequently from spring until the buds appear.

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